Communities

HOMELESSNESS IN LA MESA: LA MESA CONVERSATIONS MIXER MARCH 23

 

East County News Service

March 13, 2017 (La Mesa) – Homelessness in LA Mesa will be the topic for the next La Mesa Conversation mixer on Thursday, March 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Johnny B’s restaurant, 83993 La Mesa Blvd. 

The guest speaker will be Lois Knowlton EdD,  Homelessness and Affordable Housing Advocate at  La Mesa First United Methodist Church. 

VISITORS SWARM TO ALPINE HONEY FESTIVAL

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

March 13, 2017 (Alpine) -- Alpine’s First Annual Honey Festival, held March 11th, included teaching youths in their community about the history of their land.  That history includes honey and its production. In fact, this region was once the honey producing capitol of the world! Kids dressed up as bees and participated in an art show that portrayed bees and hives, with major doses of yellow and black.  But teaching kids about their local history was just a part of the festival.

NIGHT HIGHWAY WORK IN RAMONA STARTS SUNDAY: TRAFFIC CONGESTION EXPECTED

 

Source: Caltrans

March 13, 2017 (Ramona) -- Lane closures and one-way traffic control will take place on Highland Valley Road near the State Route 67 (SR-67) intersection Sunday and Monday from 7 p.m.-5 a.m., according to Caltrans. The closures are needed to install a new drainage system beneath the roadway as part of the SR-67 Dye Road/Highland Valley Road Improvement Project.

STATE ROUTE 67 CLOSURES

 

Source: Caltrans

March 13, 2017 (El Cajon/Lakeside) -- Caltrans construction crews will close one lane on northbound State Route 67 between Interstate 8 in El Cajon and Mapleview Street in Lakeside on Monday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The closure is needed to apply a fog seal – a protective pavement coating. The same closure will take place Tuesday if needed to complete the work.

WILDFLOWER JAMS: VISITORS FLOCKING TO BORREGO SPRINGS CAUSE LONG TRAFFIC DELAYS

 

East County News Service

March 12, 2017 (Borrego Springs) – The recent rainstorms have created quite a sight in the Borrego Springs area: a desert wildflower bloom that hasn't been this vibrant in years. But those blossoms are also attracting huge crowds, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department warns, and that’s led to traffic problems on roadways in and around Borrego Springs.

ROSES, TEA AND EMMA WITH THE EAST COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY APRIL 15

 

 

East County News Service

March 10, 2017 (Alpine) - Join the East County Rose Society as they drink tea and discuss Jane Austen's novel, Emma, on April 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Alpine Library.

DESPITE NEW BOARD MEMBERS, HELIX WATER RATES ARE STILL GOING UP

 

 

Board tables proposal to reduce rates due to skimpy reserves

By Jonathan Goetz

March 9, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Two Helix Water Board incumbents who voted for multi-year double digit water rate increases were ousted in November. But that didn’t prevent water rates in this district serving 270,000 people from increasing 10.1% earlier this year, as the prior board had approved. 

JOIN LA MESA CHAMBER IN CELEBRATING 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF LAMPLIGHTERS THEATRE JUNE 21ST

 

East County News Service

March 9, 2017 (La Mesa) – On Wednesday, June 21st, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and Lamplighters Community Theatre will welcome members, local businesses and guests to the Lamplighters Community Theatre’s 80th Anniversary celebration.

KALASHO HOSTS SECOND TOWN HALL TONIGHT, ACCUSES MAYOR OF SEEKING TO MUZZLE HIS VOICE

 

 

 

Councilman speaks out against Mayor Wells' proposal to prevent any councilmember from placing items on the agenda without support of another member

By Miriam Raftery

March 9, 2017 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho will hold his second town hall meeting tonight from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the El Cajon Police community room, 200 Civic Center Way in El Cajon. 

In a video posted on his Facebook page,  Kalasho asks public support to block a measure introduced by Mayor Bill Wells that would prevent any individual councilmember from adding an item to the agenda without support of another member.  The only Democrat on the Council, Kalasho contends that the proposal is targeting him. That measure is expected to be on the agenda for the March 14th Council hearing at 3 p.m..

SHOTS FIRED AT ROLANDO HOOKAH LOUNGE: GUNMAN REMAINS AT LARGE

 

East County News Service

Photo courtesy 10 News, ECM news partner

March 9, 2017 (Rolando) – A gunman fired multiple rounds into the Blue Nile Hookah Lounge shortly after midnight, but fortunately no one was injured.

Panicked customers dove for cover to avoid bullets that went through a front window and also struck vehicles in the 7200 block of El Cajon Blvd.

HACIENDA DE LAS ROSAS WINERY TO CLOSE DOWN

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Tammy Rimes and her husband/winemaker, the late William Holzhauer

March 9, 2017 (Ramona) – Hacienda de las Rosas Winery in Ramona is closing its doors.   The last day in business will be Saturday, April 29th. The property will be going up for sale in April, owner Tammy Rimes announced in an email to wine club members.

MOTORCYCLIST DIES AFTER CRASH IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

March 9, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – A motorcyclist has died at a local hospital after suffering serious injuries in a collision in Lemon Grove.

According to witnesses, the Harley Davidson motorcycle rear-ended a Toyota Corolla car, then struck a parked vehicle on Massachusetts Avenue Sunday night shortly before 7:30 p.m. The motorcyclist was ejected from the vehicle, said Sgt. Jorge Dueno with the Sheriff’s Department.

MAN KILLED TRYING TO STOP ROLLING TRUCK IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

March 9, 2017 (El Cajon) – A man was killed March 6th while trying to stop a truck from rolling down a hill at 13220 Aurora Drive in El Cajon. He has been identified as Roy Sterner, 39, of Chula Vista.

Sterner was visiting a friend’s residence to work on the truck, but while he was pushing it to the front of the driveway, the truck began rolling downhill.  Sterner ran after the vehicle and tried to get in through the open window on the driver’s side, with his upper body in the vehicle and his lower body outside.

BOYS BASKETBALL: HELIX SAILS BY GRANADA HILLS 60-52; ADVANCES TO ROUND II OF DIVISION IV CIF PLAYOFFS

 

UPDATE:  Helix will host West High School at 6 p.m. March 11

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

March 8, 2017 (La Mesa) - In Round I of the Division IV CIF boys basketball playoffs, the Highlanders of Helix faced another set of Highlanders, those from Granada Hills Charter in Granada Hills, a city just north of Santa Monica.  Both team’s colors are green and white.  Both teams’ mascot is a highlander.  Both are charter schools.

LEMON GROVE LIKELY TO SEE THREE MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES AS EARLY AS LATE SUMMER

 

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: With exclusions around sensitive sites and each other, it appears three dispensaries will open in the western portion of Lemon Grove along Federal Boulevard

March 8, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – Lemon Grove City Council held a public hearing Tuesday about the new medical marijuana dispensary application process that opens March 20th to comply with  Measure V, which Lemon Grove voters approved in November legalizing medical cannabis sales.   

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: VAPOR TRAILS OVER MT. HELIX

 

 

East County News Service

Photo credit:  Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson

March 8, 2017 (La Mesa) – Rebecca Jefferis Williamson sent in this photo of trails left by airplanes over Mt. Helix, taken from the Fuerte Street bridge this morning. Some have called these chem trails but they are actually simply water vapor that has condensed/frozen due to cold temperatures high in the atmosphere. The scientific name is contrails.

LA MESA BANS RECREATIONAL POT BUT ALLOWS DELIVERIES; CITY ALSO MOVES TO ALLOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES

 

By Jonathan Goetz

March 7, 2017 (La Mesa) - At its February 28 meeting, the La Mesa City Council spent over an hour learning about and discussing cannabis legislation, following a lengthy introduction by City Attorney Glenn Sabine who consulted a conditional Use Permit (CUP) process and cannabis taxing consultant.

QUEEN BEE TEA LIVELY HONEY FESTIVAL CELEBRATION

 

Honey Festival coming up this Saturday, March 11

Source: Alpine Chamber of Commerce

Photos by Kathy Foster Photography for the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce

March 7, 2017 (Alpine) -- The first Queen Bee Tea was a honey of a show on March 5 in AlpineAlmost 100 guests attended the Honey Festival kick-off event, turning the Alpine Community Center at 1830 Alpine Blvd. into a hive of chatter, fanciful bee bonnets, fashion show, free photo booth, opportunity drawings, contests and special vendors. 

RAMONA RANCH WINERY TEAMS UP WITH JR ORGANICS TO OFFER PICKUPS OF LOCAL VEGGIES: LEARN MORE THIS SUNDAY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 10, 2017 (Ramona) – “We’re crazy about all things local,” say the owners of Ramona Ranch Winery.  Besides offering locally produced wines and cheeses, the winery is now offering customers the opportunity to take home boxes of fresh vegetables from JR Organics.  

EL CAJON HIRES NEW ASSISTANT MANAGER

 

Source:  City of El Cajon

March 7, 2017 (El Cajon) - The City of El Cajon is very pleased to announce that Mr. Graham Mitchell, current City Manager for the City of Escondido and longtime City Manager for the City of Lemon Grove, has accepted an offer to become the City of El Cajon’s next Assistant City Manager.  He will replace Majed Al-Ghafry, who was recently appointed Assistant City Manager for the City of Dallas, Texas.

HEALTH CARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA WILL HOST FREE "ASK THE PHARMACIST" MEETING

 

East County News Service

March 7, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free program on “Ask the Pharmacist” from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 22. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.

HELIX WATER BOARD STAFF ADVISES AGAINST LOWERING RATES: MEETING MARCH 8

 

By Miriam Raftery

Jonathan Goetz contributed to this report

March 6, 2017 (La Mesa) – Helix Water District’s board will hold a special meeting on March 8 at 6 p.m. to consider a proposal by newly elected board member Dan McMillan to lower water rates. 

But a staff report (see agenda) advises against a rate reduction at this time, citing insufficient reserves. Instead, staff recommends that the district continue to look at opportunities to reduce rates as fiscal year 2016-17 concludes, after results of winter and spring rainfall are measured and the fiscal year 2017-18 budget is developed.

FEATURED COUNTY PARK: EL CAPITAN COUNTY PRESERVE

 

By Michelle Mowad, County of San Diego Communications Office

March 5, 2017 (Lakeside) -- The hike at El Capitan County Preserve is considered one of the most rugged and physically challenging in San Diego County. The preserve’s trails run along a granite-ribbed ridgeline, which has stunning views of both the ocean and mountains. It can easily take up to six hours to complete this 12-mile out-and-back trek.

SANTEE CHICK-FIL-A HOSTING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION ON MONDAY, MARCH 6TH

 

East County News Service

March 5, 2017 (Santee) – The Santee Chick-fil-A restaurant, 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, will celebrate the start of its fifth year of serving customers on Monday evening, March 6. The public is invited to attend the celebration to be held between 5 and 8 p.m. Chick-fil-A officials said the celebration will recreate the experience when the store opened in late February 2013.

EAST COUNTY EATER: FARMER’S TABLE SERVES UP WHOLESOME, FLAVORFUL FARE IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 4, 2017 (La Mesa) – I come from a farming family, so I’ve looked forward to sampling the farm-to-table fresh cuisine at Farmer’s Table in La Mesa. The restaurant lives up to its pledge of “honest food done right” with locally grown, organic vegetables and an array of tasty dishes to savor.

ARCHAEOLOGY WEEKEND IN ANZA BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK MARCH 25-26

 

East County News Service

March 4, 2017 (Borrego Springs) - The Colorado Desert Archaeology Society (CDAS), in conjunction with the Anza-Borrego Foundation, will be holding its 14th annual Archaeology Weekend event at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ’s Visitor Center in Borrego Springs, California on March 25-26, 2017. 

WHAT’S HOT? JAMUL KIWANIS’ HOT ROD AND CHILI COOKOFF APRIL 8

 

East County News Service

March 4, 2017 (Jamul) — The Jamul Kiwanis are revving up for their 9th annual Hot Rod and Chili Cookoff. The event will be held on April 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pio Pico/ Thousand Trails, 14615 Otay Lakes Road, Jamul.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: DESERT DELIGHTS

 

 

East County News Service

March 4, 2017 (Borrego Springs) – You never know what you’re going to find in the Anza Borrego Desert!  Our editor, Miriam Raftery, headed out in search of wildflowers this weekend.  It’s still 1-2 weeks too early to see fields of flowers in bloom, but she did get some close-ups of early blossoms, scenic shots and an up-close look at some of the many whimsical sculptures dotting the desert terrain.

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